Supply Chain

Supplier Diversity

Ford’s Supplier Diversity Development (SDD) Program is our commitment to economically empower diverse communities through wealth creation. We recognize that a diverse supply base is an integral part of our overall growth and success, providing fresh perspectives that lead to cutting-edge innovations and accelerated business development.

Developing a Diverse Supply Chain

Having a diverse supply base is crucial to delivering our promise to help the world move better. We are committed to working with and developing supplier companies owned by minorities, women and veterans, as demonstrated through our guiding principles:

  • To deliver extraordinary support and assistance to certified minority–, women– and veteran–owned businesses that have historically been socially and economically disadvantaged

  • To create business opportunities and initiatives that enable diverse suppliers to grow into profitable and sustainable enterprises

  • To have Ford suppliers accurately reflect the company’s workforce and customer base

We continue to foster productive relationships with entrepreneurs from a wide range of backgrounds to meet our customers’ needs and expectations.

Our Progress

Our Supplier Diversity Development office has long worked with business leaders, trade associations and community organizations representing the interests of diverse businesses. This has helped to earn Ford a seat at the Billion Dollar Roundtable (BDR), an exclusive group of 21 companies that purchase at least $1 billion a year from diverse suppliers. The BDR encourages businesses to extend their supplier diversity programs and increase spending levels each year.

2015 Ford Diversity Supplier Spend

In 2015, Ford purchased goods and services worth:

$8.2 billion from minority-owned suppliers

$1.1 billion from veteran-owned companies

$2.3 billion from women-owned businesses

Ford’s SDD Program is nationally recognized for its leadership and success in driving innovative best practices; these result in productive business partnerships with diverse entrepreneurs, and valuable products and services for our customers.

 Data: Supplier Diversity

Awards and Recognition

In 2015, Ford’s Supplier Diversity Development Program received external recognition from a wide range of awards, rankings and rating indices, suggesting that we continue to perform well against our goal to “maintain leadership in supplier diversity.” Several of our dedicated staff were also recipients of honors, awards and accolades.

Major Awards and Recognitions for Supplier Diversity Program

  • Corporation of the Year (Gold Level) – Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)
  • Top Corporation of the Year – National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC)
  • 100 Corporations of the Year – Women’s Enterprise (WE) USA
  • Industries Top Professionals – Minority Business News (MBN) USA, Chrome Conference Edition
  • Corporate 101: America’s Most Admired Corporations for Supplier Diversity 2015 – Minority Business News (MBN) USA (USHCC Convention)
  • ‘Best in Class’ Excellence in Supplier Diversity – Great Lakes Women’s Business Council
  • Corporation of the Year Manufacturing OEM – Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council (MMSDC)
  • Corporation of the Year: Community Award – Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • Top Supplier Diversity Programs – Black EOE Journal
  • Top Supplier Diversity Programs for Hispanics – Hispanic Network Magazine
  • One of the 2015 Military Friendly Supplier Diversity Programs – National Veteran-Owned Business Association (NaVOBA)
  • Top Supplier Diversity Programs – Professional Women’s Magazine
  • Top Supplier Diversity Programs – U.S. Veterans Magazine
  • 2015 Million Dollar Club – US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Individual Awards for Ford Employees

  • 2015 USA Champion – MBN Magazine
  • 2015 Leadership Award – National Minority Supplier Development Council
  • 2015 Best of the Decade CEO Honorees – MBN USA Magazine
  • 2015 Best of the Decade Executive Champion Honorees – MBN USA Magazine
  • 2015 Best of the Decade Circle of Honor/Supplier Diversity Professional – MBN USA Magazine
  • 2015 Best of the Decade Executive Champion Honorees – MBN USA Magazine
  • Lifetime Achievement Award – Multicultural Media Luncheon presented by The Ajamu Group, LLC
  • Top 100 Leaders in Corporate Supplier Diversity 2015 – Women’s Enterprise (WE) USA
  • Advocate of the Year – Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council (MMSDC)
  • Corporate Buyer of the Year: National – Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council (MMSDC)
  • Ambassador of the Year – Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce (APACC)